Foodie Truck branding images

I recently worked with the guys of Foodie Truck a new mobile eatery in Charleston, South Carolina. The Steam Buns with Duck BBQ above is my favorite shot from the edit, with the outtake above and the formal branding shot below. We had a great time creating a set of food imagery from the menu to be used in Foodie Truck’s web and social media branding; including the Facebook page. This client is a great example of how a business can use professional photography to show a customer their value; and by communicating that value differentiate themselves from the rest of the market. I have a few more sessions booked with Foodie Truck, and I must say it has been a pleasure working with them to develop the visual branding.

Be sure to check out Foodie Truck in Charleston starting in mid-May. In the meantime, you can visit Foodie Truck’s website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

2012 Charleston Wine and Food Festival

 (Kathryn Wagner)

Words by Jessica Raymond

Considering that residents and visitors alike, adorned in rainboots and rain jackets, were eager to get out of the downpour, the weather did not affect the energetic crowd that gathered at the 2012 Food and Wine Festival culinary village in Marion Square on Saturday, March 3rd. Although nationally recognized products and brands were present, the focus remained on the talent located in Charleston, with local chefs and restaurants providing tastes of some of their best dishes in the tasting tents located in the village.

Middleton Place served a catfish stew, comprised of fingerling potatoes, fennel, leeks, and herbed tomatoes, providing a bit of a “pick me up” for the nasty weather. Grill 225, Charleston’s prime steak restaurant, provided sliders, featuring their famous prime beef, along with dressed arugula. Mercato, a destination to savour authentic italian dishes, dished out servings of chickpeas served in a savory sauce, with bacon. Graze provided an updated version of a classic dish, combining decadent macaroni and cheese with crispy lobster.

For those wanting to drink their dinner, plenty of local drink specialists were there to quench the palate. Cocktail Club, a part of the renowned Indigo Group, served tastes of their antipasto martini, containing their house infused roasted rep pepper and black peppercorn vodka, olive juice, muddled basil, lemon, white baslamic and lillet rouge. This spicy delight was garnished with an olive and a smoked salt and flower-pepper rim.  A southern favorite, Palmetto Brewery, was also present to let fans and newcomers, with Chris Winn serving up tastes of some of their favorite beers. Palmetto Brewing Company is a landmark in the South Carolina brewing industry, according to Winn.

“The first batch was created in 1994, and it was the first production brewery in South Carolina since prohibition began in 1933.”

With 42,000 cases of beer sold and business growing by 17% last year, Palmetto Brewing Company is truly providing competition for other craft brewers, and is quickly becoming a staple beer provider in Charleston, South Carolina.

This year’s festival brought together some of the most promising culinary talent, not only in Charleston, but from around the country. Guests were able to sample and taste new food, beers, and wines, along with meeting and chatting with some of culinary cuisine’s most famous faces. The only thing missing from this delicious extravaganza was Charleston’s typically beautiful weather, which is just another reason to come back next year.

Lowcountry Local First Portraits

I had a blast photographing portraits for Lowcountry Local First recently. We photographed near some of the former officer’s homes in North Charleston’s beautiful Riverfront Park, part of the Navy Yard development. Lowcountry Local First’s stellar staff does a wonderful job of advocating for Charleston, South Carolina based businesses and farmers. Are you a Lowcountry based business? Consider joining.

Restaurant re-branding

 (Kathryn Wagner)

I am pleased to share with you an image from a recent production of a Charleston restaurant that features Mediterranean cuisine on it’s menu. Truly a pleasure to photograph. The shoot was dedicated to showing potential diners the virtues of eating cuisine such as this salad above: fast, fresh, and healthy. Photographs are licensed to appear in-store, on the eatery’s website and as a part of their social media branding. As a professional food photographer I was impressed by the use of color in this genre of casual fare, with many red, oranges and purple hues found on the plates. I will soon be posting the full details of the restaurant’s  branding identity redesign and the images in action on the restaurant’s website / social media – stay tuned!


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The social media landscape has changed so much since I began this blog in 2007. Though this site is the center of my communications for Kathryn Wagner Photography I felt it only fair to reach out and connect directly to you, dear reader via the social media channel of your choice. A full range of options to suit your social media preferences is available by clicking on my profile below; I look forward to connecting with you!

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Home Sweet Garden Home in the City of Charleston


 (Kathryn Wagner)A cottage overlooks a grassy courtyard in the heart of the Downtown Charleston Peninsula.

Every city has it’s strengths and gardening is definitely one of Charleston’s. The Lowcountry weather is conducive to cultivation year round and winter provides enough moisture to enliven a lawn to a lush shade of green. It is impressive how much of the city is given over to nature lending one to feel as though they are towing the line between old world and new. Options for natural surroundings in the “Holy City”range from parks that have great water features to viewing a garden from a sailboat. As you the walk lush streets south of Calhoun or meander through historic Hampton Park it is easy to have a reverence for those that vigorously work to preserve the streetscapes which have seen hundreds of years of history.


Why am I, Kathryn Wagner, a professional food & travel photographer?

 Kathryn Wagner professional food and travel photography of the US and Caribbean

The runway in St. Barthelemy, French West Indies.

On occasion I have been asked “why travel and food photography?”

The short answer: Photographing food and travel images for businesses, brands and magazines allows me to combine three things which I am passionate about: eating, exploring and recording amazing experiences to share with others.

The longer answer: The fact that I do this professionally means that I have followed these interests and passions with a zeal to rival that of a new camera owner out on their first day shooting. I absolutely love what I do and I feel lucky to share that enjoyment with my clients and their customers. Photography is not only the way in which I have navigated the world for the past ten years through Europe, North America and the Caribbean; it is the way in which I want others to share in an experience of the world with my images. My career goals extend far beyond stellar service of clients. Getting others excited about the amazing experiences my clients offer to their customers via visual expression of their story is the career goal which I strive for most.

I feel that the following definition sums up many of my feelings toword photography:

vocation |vōˈkā sh ən| noun

a strong feeling of suitability for a particular career or occupation : she felt a strongly about the her love of animals and the veterinary vocation.

• a person’s employment or main occupation, esp. regarded as particularly worthy and requiring great dedication : her vocation as a visual artist.

• a trade or profession.

ORIGIN late Middle English : from Old French, or from Latin vocatio(n-), from vocare ‘to call.’

Lowndes Grove: Then and Now….

Photo: Historic American Buildings Survey, C.O. Greene, Photographer April 12, 1940
 (Kathryn Wagner)
Lowdenes Grove, November 2011.

“John Gibbes built a house and garden with greenhouses on The Grove before the Revolutionary War.[2] The house was probably located near Indian Hill on the Citadel campus. It was likely burned by British troops in 1779,[7] but the gardens remained. Around 1786, heirs of the Gibbes family divided the land into smaller tracts, and three of the northernmost parcels were acquired by George Abbot Hall. Since the 1791 inventory of Hall’s estate mentioned a house, it is assumed that the house was built around 1786.[3] The next owners were the Beaufain brothers of the West Indies who operated a small faming operation on the site. They sold the house, which they had named Wedderburn Lodge, to Mary Clodner Vesey. She, in turn, in 1803, sold the property to William Lowndes, who was elected to the U.S. Congress. He served in Congress until he resigned due to poor health in 1822.[3]

After several owners, a Charleston businessman, Frederick W. Wagener, acquired the house. He was the president and one of the chief promoters of the South Carolina Inter-State and West Indian Exposition, which was held in 1901–1902. The exposition was held on his 250 acres (100 ha). The Lowndes Grove house was used as the Woman’s Building[3][8][9]” Wikipedia.